What Is the Most Pressing Issue in HIV Care Today?
By Warren Tong
July 23, 2013
Access to Care
"In the [United Kingdom], we have free delivery of HIV care, so patients can access HIV care without having to forgo any resources. What we see is that system is very attractive to patients. They've got high levels of patients engaging in care, remaining in care, high levels of viral suppression and therefore low rates of complications.
"Our impression of the U.S. is that many patients find it difficult to access care or to remain in care, and therefore levels of engagement are much lower, resulting in lots of people remaining at risk of complication and therefore higher rates of complications that are avoidable with better access to HIV care."
-- Frank Post, M.D., Ph.D., Reader in HIV Medicine, King's College Hospital in South London, U.K.
Warren Tong is the research editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
Comment by: John Marshall
Sat., Oct. 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm EDT
Like most doctors, he tries to minimize the side effects of the meds. Severe adverse events stage 3/4 can happen. The number may be as high as 25% of patients. The meds are highly toxic and can be debilitating. The NRTIs cause a lot of irreversible damage to body chemistry. Diarrhea my ass.
Comment by: bcilla13
Tue., Sep. 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm EDT
treatment is without doudt the key to our survival i encourage everyone suffering from this illness to get into care and remain in care, the only way to sustain life span is by treating this disease aggressively.
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